Biographical Sketch of Olivia M. Cloud

The Reverend Olivia M. Cloud has devoted over two decades to the ministry of Christian education, especially in Christian publishing. The Lord began preparing the daughter of the Reverend Carnel and Marjorie Cloud for ministry when she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Kentucky (Lexington). In 1984, she earned a Master of Religious Education degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY).

After graduation from college, she was employed as a research specialist for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights in Louisville. Following a hiatus from the workplace to complete her seminary training, she began serving as Executive Director of Capitol Area Ministries in Atlanta, Ga., an ecumenical social services ministry serving children and adults in the Capitol Homes/Martin Luther King, Jr. Village area.

In 1987, she began working at the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (now LifeWay Christian Resources) as a Coordinator in Black Church Development. Her duties there included product development for African American evangelicals, and leading regional and national workshops on various Christian education topics.

From 2000 until July 2004, she served as Senior Editor at the R. H. Boyd Publishing Corporation in Nashville, when she resigned to assume the position of director of publishing for the Sunday School Publishing Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., where she supervised the production of Christian education literature produced by the agency, which serves the largest African-American Baptist body, comprised of over seven million members.

She resigned that position in late 2007 to resume the full-time operation of Guardian Angel Communications Services, providing writing, editorial and design services to Christian publishers, organizations, authors, and businesses nationwide.

Rev. Cloud is an associate minister at Berean Baptist Church in Nashville, where she was licensed and ordained as a minister of the Gospel.

For 10 years she was a member of the Committee on Uniform Series of the National Council of Christian Churches, Inc. This committee develops Sunday school curriculum outlines used by most denominational publishers in the United States and some foreign countries as well.

She has served on the board of several local public service organizations, including Nashville Child Development Center, the Witness Project, and Baptist Homes for Exceptional Persons. Initiated into the Mu Epsilon (University of Kentucky) chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she has been a member of the sisterhood since 1976, and is president of the Nashville Alumnae Chapter. She is an active member of the Metropolitan Nashville Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.

A subscribing Silver Life member of the NAACP, she serves as co-chair of the Press and Publicity Committee for the Nashville Branch.

Rev. Cloud has authored seven books, among them Rules of the Road, Roadmaps for Living, Testify!, Life Challenges for Teens and Bible Q & A for Kids, and has made editorial contributions to other nationally distributed works, including I’ll Find a Way or Make One: A Tribute to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Amistad, an imprint of Harper Collins, 2004). She was editor of Joy to the World: Meditations from America’s Preachers (Atria Books/Simon & Shuster, 2006). Her most recent literary accomplishment is The Greatest Gift I Could Offer: Quotations from Barack Obama on Parenting and Family (Penguin Group USA, 2009).